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aljazeera.com/ajamstream. ♪ this is not an invasion, this is a counter terrorism operation. >> back in the hot seat, u.s. secretary of state makes his case in fighting the islamic state of iraq hello, you are watching al jazeera live. also in this program, french president offers air support to fight ice skill in iraq, but says he won't put troops on
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the ground. the number of people killed by the ebola outbreak continues to rise. the u.n. is set to unveil a global strategy to contain the virus. voters head to the poll to decide whether to remain part of the united kingdom. the u.s. senega tear of state is once again defending the obama's administration to take on fighters from the islamic state of iraq. john kerry is facing questions from a congressional committee, the u.s. house of representatives has voted in favor of obama's plans, but the senate still needs to approve it. maybe is similar, end of story. these folks have now taken over territory in way that al quaida never did. they have access to money, and weapons that
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they captured from iraqis. and they are holding that territory, and beginning to build a capacity for sustainable, that challenges everybody. >> so, certainly, military support is going to be one component i am here to tell you that we have people, in your europe, committed to being part. outside of europe and over parts oif world and in the region. arab commitments to be part of this effort. >> speak to rosalyn jordan, what else did he unveil about the fie. >> he also said there's a sense now in the obama administration, which members of the syrian ofization would be tasked with being trained and equips in order to fight not only members of isil, but also the syrian army, led by president bashar
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al asaad. the secretary of state said that the betting effort cut get underway very quickly. the secretary also said this will be a difficult fight. that this is a very well organized and mill darrellly sophisticated organization. and that this is a fight that the u.s. people really need to get behind. of course we ran into skepticism, whether they are taking the fight seriously enough, and in essence tries to harm out the actually finding to other countries. they are skeptical that is the way to go. others are skeptical about the conflict inside iraq. and they have expressioned their deep disappointment.
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>> you touched on a briefing, but elaborate more on what will happen next, and what message needs to be sent out to the american public. it is going to be interesting to see how the administration gets the message out in the next week to ten days. where he is going to be leading a security council session, about to the threat from isil, and from other affiliated groups trying to muster more international support with the u.n. and other countries are trying to do right now. the president will be in new york next week, for the start of the u. n.'s general assembly. so they are going to have more of an international focus, but not necessarily one that will be on the newscast. so it is going to be very interesting to see just how the administration
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sells what it says is a war against isil. to a public that is a very two minded on whether this should be a war that they out to be in. plans takes support. he explains the government position, he also reiterated he doesn't have any plans to put boots on the ground. >> i have decided that france will have air support. reconnie sans fights taking place on monday and today, from our base in the united arab. we are now getting the idea of the contribution, talk us through it. >> he didn't mention the
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u.s. efforts. interestingly, he did say that french planes have already been flying over iraq, on monday, and again on thursday. from bases in the united arab emritz and he says as soon as targets have been identified and that will be soon, then air strikes will start to be undertaken by the french. that's the first time he has really pinned down what actually they are prepared to take. but he says that this is all according to international law, because it is requested by iraq, unlike the situation in syria. where he said he would not be intervening, he said that despite the presence of isil in syria, france wouldn't actually take action against them, because that would be helping president bashar al-asaad, that's something he is not prepared to do. >> thank you. kurdish forces say they have been launching heavy
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campaigns. fighters have captured more than 12 villages in the region. there are reports that the fighting is forced hundreds to flee from their homes. the region has been besieged by isil for a year now. they are appealing for various help, includes the kurdish party or p.k.k. in neighboring iraq there are reports that a u.s. air strike has hit an agricultural college, 30-kilometers. it is thought the college was being used by isil fighters. more than 17 bodies have been recover sod far. new video has been released showing a british photo journalist. in iraq -- al jazeera has chosen not to show the video, but in it, he speaks to the camera, promising to reveal the motivation of the group,
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he says he was captured rach traveling to syria in november 2012, isil has killed three hostages recently. lawmakers were dend maaing a cabinet with no more than ten ministers. he presented one with 16. it is another set back for the administration, which has failed to bring libya any kind of order. there's also a rival far limit set up by rebels who now control the capitol to triply. our reports of intense fighting over the past few hours who these belong to the sect of shiite islam. he said people appear to be deserted the streets.
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a building closing down, businesses are closing down. proseparateist feeters until now, in the last hour or so, -- 24 injuries in the north. it is very tense right now. and it seems there is no access from the government, or any perceived action until now, hoping that the cease fire agreement does happen tonight. >> ukraine's president appeal to join to to the meeting of the u.s. congress for more economic and military aid. ukraine wants help to confront pro russian separatists. the western governments are weary of providing armed support, because they are concerned about escalating the conflict. this ukrainian army, these young boys,
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underequipped, and often underappreciated by the world. are the only thing that now stands between reality of the peaceful coe existence and the nightmare of the previous century. to the new cold war. ukrainian soldiers, ukrainian people, ukrainian boys and girls, now fighting for their freedom and democracy. they need your support. >> more from washington, d.c. >> not many world leaders get to address a joint session of congress, but that is exactly what happened today the ukrainian president before his visit with president barack obama. it was a passionate speech, several rounds of standing ovacations from congress, he said that ukraine is basically stopping another cold war, success there could prevent a wider war enveloping europe. he said basically, can't win a war with blankets what he wants is he that
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will military assistance, the a bad ma administration is not expected to take that step, announcing $46 million in additional nonhe that will aid. night vision goggles things of that nature, but it is not expected he will leave washington with what he wants. >> al jazeera, we meet the medical teams putting aside their own fears to bury ebola victims.
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>> hundreds of days in detention. >> al jazeera rejects all the charges and demands immediate release. >> thousands calling for their freedom. >> it's a clear violation of their human rights. >> we have strongly urged the government to release those journalists. >> journalism is not a crime. the u.s. secretary of
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state is once again defending the obama administration strategy to take on fighter froms the islamic state. john kerry is facing questions from the congressional committee in washington, d.c. french president francoise aland is committed air support in the fight against isil and iraq, but says he has no plans to put french boots on the ground. arm rebels are pushing into -- which has reported intense fighting over the past few hours. france has announced it's setting up a military hospital in west africa, as part of international efforts to fight the ebola outbreak. president francoise alan says lit be located in guinea. with 700 new cases in the last week, in the next few hours an emergency meeting to unveil a global strategy, to contain the virus.
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about half of those have died. liberia is the worst effected country, close to 1500 people have died there. and guinea, with the outbreak began, more than 600 people have died. liberia's information minister says an unprecedented level of response is needed to tackle the outbreak. >> well, the situation continues to be grave. these figures are certainly grim. the projections are even grimmer, but we are hopeful. that given the new robust response from the international community, that we have advocated, given the fact that we are ourselves repositioning ourselves for this fight, we are hopeful. that we can -- we may not be able to reach those grim projections. it is not a case of one
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size fitting all. there are uniqueness toughen of these countries. we need a high skilled unprecedented level of response. people are now putting the figure that we need up to $1 billion. we need to extract people from their homes in the communities that are infected and them them into treatment very very quickly, that is one way that we can surely stop the transmission, but at the same time, we are going around the country, insuring that our people understand the measures. >> in syria leyon, radical steps have been taken to contain ebola. all 6 million people living there have been ordered to stay indoors for 72 hours starting on friday. meanwhile, burial teams are working for as little as 100-dollar as month to dispose victims bodies. al jazeera joined a team in the district, in eastern sierra leyon.
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>> a burial team is being called to an isolated village. 16-year-old boy here has died. he was never tested but there are fears he had ebola. if so, he is the first in the this village to die of the virus, and people are afraid. even in hot and humid conditions full protection suits are worn. to disinfect the house, and inside the boys body is wrapped up and seals. >> my team for their activity is committed there, so when we can family membered wash and dress the body, but after those that die of ebola are are especially contagious. and burial practices are being blamed from the spread of the disease. >> we can build treatment centers forever, and it still won't be enough, because it will keep continuing to be passed from person to person.
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so we have to do more than just treatment, we also have to stop the transmission. >> international red cross says education, and the change to people's behavior is the only way the virus will be stopped. it's running awareness campaigns in towns that people remain deeply suspicious of the virus, and of outside help. >> we need to be able to find trucks, vehicles to get our teams out into the field, these very remote very small villages, to make sure that everybody is getting reached that everybody is hearing the right message about how we can prevent this from spreading further. >> back in the village, the boys body is taken for burial in a small clearing in the forrest. well away from the houses. putting aside their fears, friends and family members followed the burial team. they pay their respects to their friend, their brother, their neighbor. they pray the virus is not being passed on, and
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that his death does not mark the beginning of more to come. >> al jazeera. >> amnesty international has release add report that says nigerian police are are using torture on an industrial scale. the fining suggests as many as 5,000 people are being detained since 2009. seven years ago, called for nigeria to make torture an a criminal offense. it is still on hold, amnesty international says torture in nigeria is widespread. rob reynolds spoke to one man who says he was torture uhed for a crime he didn't commit. >> when the police came for him, he knew what was in store. >> you you would know what is going to happen. it is not going to been easy. >> a scrap metal delaware no criminal record, was snatched off a street by
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nigerian plain clothes police, earlier this year. they accused him of stealing a car in a distant city, a city where he says he has never been. when he insisted he was innocent, he says a pair of policeman first beat him with wooden and metal clubs. then they tied his arms and feet together, behind his back. >> i was hung. for how long? >> for about an hour. >> fearing he would die, he gay the policeman what they wanted, a false confession. >> i felt life going down. i managed to shout, that i will comply, that was the time they brought me down. i knew it was to the point to bring me down, or i die. >> according to local and international human rights groups nigerian jails and prisons are full of people with stories similar to his.
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>> a new report by the human rights organization amnesty international, says brutal mistreatment of nigerians by their police, and security forces is common and widespread. calling it torture on an industrial scale. >> heads the network on police reform in nigeria. most of the time torture is a means to exact -- >> he says the police culture of brutality, is a legacy of harsh british colonial rule. it was founded on violence, and -- to our community. >> a federal misspokesman contacted by al jazeera, did not deny some police
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abuse occurs. but insist that police accused will be investigated and if found guilty sanctioned in line with the law. after two months in prison, his family scraped together enough money for a lawyer. and he was released. >> the police -- it is not -- it is the last point of life. it is not a case where -- a human being should be. it is not a place where someone should be. >> he is planning to plead his innocence at trial, to clear his name. rob reynolds al jazeera, legos nigeria. >> the nigeria researcher he says the government must take steps to protect victims of torture and bring the perpetrators to justice. we are are not aware of
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any specific case that the police case has taken up to try suspects perpetrators of acts of torture execution in niagara. and that's why they have been calling on the government, repeatedly, to make sure that they take all necessary steps to stop acts of torture, and to investigate. where the international assembly for the past two years, shows that the seeming lack of political will on the part of the nigeria lawmakers to ensure that act of torture are prohibited or criminalized in nigeria. and we think that this is now time, because the severity of act of torture -- and the use of torture is also widening. we think the government and the lawmakers must take all of the necessary steps now to ensure that they criminalize torture, and to bring those who are suspected of
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perpetrating racket of torture both in the police force and in the military are brought to justice. victims of torture, are limited to one particular sect or gender. or age group. it shows that children, women, old people, disadvantaged people, can be victims of torture in various parts of nigeria. and we have interviewed over 500 people definitelyless in other countries but across the world to learn from this act, and we think that the organization this act of torture must be prohibited and criminalized across the world. and that's why amnesty international has launched this group campaign, to ensure that the people who contribute to torture do not go and -- without any remedial -- we think victims have a right to
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get remedies from the government, and for their rights to be protected and respected. that's why am necessarysy international thinks government across the world, especially the nigerian government, must take necessary steps to prevent people from being tortured and to ensure that those who have been tortured are provided with justice. h citizens in scotland are going to the polls whether they should decide with the united kingdom or leave it. it will be a very close result, for the campaign wins it would end a union that's lasted more than 300 years. let's got to straight to edinburgh, what's happening at the moment. >> hi, there. still competing with the noise behind me. across the country from both sides of the campaign, and unprecedented numbers we have talked to some of
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those polling stations to get a little bit of a update on those turn out figures and seeing some of the figures, in helens burg that's on the west coast of scotland just outside glass coe, they report sod far a turn out of 70% of course there's plenty of hours left still to vote, so that figure can rise. perhaps all the more interestingly, some places are reporting that they have burst through the 90% barrier for turn out. now, that in itself, is extraordinary. one story i want to share with you, 60-year-old man, who registered specifically to vote in the referendum, having never previously voted in his lifetime. that is the sort of engangment that we have been seeing here in scotland, throughout this. ghostly and almost hidden from view, as the nation decides. a gray day with a clear purpose and a passionate mood, heading to vote
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millions of people are turning out to decide the future of their nation. it came with neighbors, family, and with determination to mark their ballots. >> we know that 90% of the postal voters have returned their ballots that gives us the first clue as to the level of turn out that we can expect. and here in the largest polling station, there are already calling the turn out here astronomical. and this is happening across the country. >> i think it is really important to as a signal to across the world, that we can make really important decisions about the way the u.k. is governed, and whether scotland will settle as a separate nation peaceably, and with i think today i heard that the biggest turn out any poll in the u. k. for almost 100 years. >> this is the first time
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i have felt my vote could make a major difference. not just a minor little bit of political shifting, but actually a substantial change. >> i think the stress has been building up. you know it is just everything so heightened and television, and everything, emotions are high. because it is an important decision. and we will see what happens. >> the first minister of scotland cast his vote in north eastern scotland, plus the leader of the no campaign, alison darling voted. where the eyes of the world will be fixed as scotland makes up it's mind about it's future correction. the ballot to one side, and then they check the numbers and then report that to the chief
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officer. each of those regions there are 32 in total, being reported separately, so we will get dribs and drabs of result, and that will give us a source of the idea, but the large population centers they wouldn't come until much much later. we will see a lady called mary-kate lynn, she is the chief accounting officer, she will mr. the one that makes the final announcement, we think, going on previous presses and round about 6:30 to 30 local time. but what you have to remember, is that scotland had a very very rare geography, and some of the votes will be taken by helicopter to the mainland, and other places by boat, and by road. so depending on the weather, and depending how those votes get there, we are looking about breakfast time tomorrow, when we find out how scotland has voted. what i can tell you the level of excitement, and engangment here is like nothing scotland can see for a very long time, brack to you.
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>> good to know. especially when that noise comes up behind you. international endorsers. was won by the name already in the top job, frank -- but opposition parties are not yet accepting the results. if you want to find out more about what is going on in scotland, and the rest of the world, remember you can always log on to our website, the address aljazeera.com. [ ♪ music ]% >> the united states has had education apartheid. our white kids are taught at the best public school education on the planet. >> closing america's education gap - what works and why, in "i got schooled" director m. night shyamalan says there are five things that make the difference. >> no robot teachers,

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